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Every profession has its own technical jargon, acronyms and abbreviations. Most websites have their fare share too, regardless of the topic. So this page provides a glossary of a few terms used on this site.

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BABCP - British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

BPS - British Psychological Society

BA - Batchelor of Arts

BSc - Batchelor of Science

CHPCCP - Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology

CPD - Continuing Professional Development

CSS - Cascading Style Sheets (language for styling web pages)

DClinPsyc, DClinPsy - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

DCP - Division of Clinical Psychology (part of the British Psychological Society)

FAQ - Frequently Asked Question

GBR - Graduate Basis for Registration

GnuPG - GNU Privacy Guard (encryption software)

HTML - Hyper Text Markup Language (language for web pages)

HTTP - Hyper Text Transfer Protocol

IOP - Institute of Psychiatry

MSc - Master of Science

MSF - Manufacturing Science and Finance (union, now called Amicus)

NHS - National Health Service

NSF - National Service Framework

PDF - Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat)

PGP - Pretty Good Privacy (encryption software)

PHP - PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (server-side scripting language - PHP derived from Personal Home Page)

phpBB - PHP Bulletin Board (forum software)

PhD - Philosophiæ Doctor (Doctor of Philosophy)

PsyPAG - Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group

RCPsych - Royal College of Psychiatry

RTF - Rich Text Format

SMG - Student Members Group (the British Psychological Society)

SSL - Secure Socket Layer (enables encryption over internet)

TCD - Trinity College Dublin

TLA - Three Letter Acronym wink

UCD - University College Dublin

UCL - University of Central London

UEA - University of East Anglia

UEL - University of East London

X.509 - a standard for email encryption and authentication

XHTML - eXtensible Hyper Text Markup Language (language for web pages)

W3C - World Wide Web Consortium

WAI - Web Accessibility Initiative

Wiki - interactive web pages, editable by anyone

WWW - World Wide Web